DIY Family Meeting Bins

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As a follow up to our Monday post on Family Meetings, today we are sharing a simple idea that has helped us both to be more organized and prepared during our weekly meetings – family meeting bins. These bins serve as a central location for all the items we need during our meetings, and having them filled and ready alleviates the need for us to spend additional time and energy rounding up supplies or writing out an agenda before each meeting. As an added bonus, these bins only take a minimal amount of effort to make, and they are adorable enough to display proudly in your home.

Supplies needed

  • Storage bin (ours were magazine bins we found at Target in the dollar deals section for $3)
  • 3 Mason jars
  • One piece of 12×12 Cardstock
  • One to two sheets of 8×11 Cardstock
  • Craft tape
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors or Paper cutter
  • Twine
  • Pens/Markers

Directions:

Family Meeting Agenda

  • Print (or handwrite) your family meeting agenda on a piece of 8 x 11 cardstock
  • If your agenda doesn’t take up the whole page, cut off the remaining blank part of the paper with scissors or a paper cutter.
  • Using craft tape, tape your agenda to the 12×12 cardstock.

Bin

  • Wrap a long piece of craft tape completely around the bottom of your bin

Jars

  • Wrap 2 pieces of thick craft tape around three of your mason jars
  • Write or print your desired text on a small piece of cardstock and tape it on top of the craft tape on the Mason jars (our family’s desired text included  “allowance” and “family fun questions” – but this can be customized however you feel works best for your family)
  • Cut a piece of twine and tie it in a bow around the top of the jar. Trim the bow edges as needed so they are even.
  • Using 2 strips of thick craft tape cover the lid of your jar

Assembly

  • Fill your jars with your supplies and place your agenda and mason jars into your bin
    • Note: For anyone interested the “family fun questions” jar is filled with slips of paper that have different questions printed on them. I found the questions I put in my jar by googling “family dinner questions”. For a simple bonding exercise during the family meeting, a question is pulled from the jar and each family member takes a turn answering it.

Variations

If you love the idea of having all your meeting supplies centrally located and stored, but are not interested in getting very crafty with this project, you can create a simplified version omitting certain steps such as the craft tape, bows, and/or stickers. Below is a picture of Christie’s simplified version of the craft.photo-87photo-86

We hope this craft helps set you up for success during your next family meeting!

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